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Students keep up the heat with worldwide climate protests

SeattlePI.com Friday, 27 September 2019
BERLIN (AP) — Students in Italy symbolically torched a replica of planet Earth on Friday, part of a second wave of worldwide protests demanding swifter action to fight climate change.

The demonstrations were sparked by Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg, with many participants echoing the anger she expressed to world leaders this week at a U.N. summit in New York.

"How dare you!" read one banner at a rally in Italy's financial hub of Milan, where tens of thousands took to the streets and later gathered around a giant globe to watch it go up in flames.

More than 100,000 people also rallied in the Italian capital, Rome, where protesters held up signs with slogans such as "Change the system, not the climate" or just the word "Future."

Fears about the impact of global warming on younger generation s drew fresh protests in India, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands, a week after hundreds of thousands rallied worldwide ahead of the U.N. summit.

In New Zealand, students marched on Parliament in Wellington, staging one of the largest protests ever held in that capital.

In Berlin, activists from the Fridays for Future group braved persistent rain to denounce a package of measures that the German government recently agreed on to cut the country's greenhouse gas emissions. Experts say the proposal falls far short of what's needed if the world's sixth-biggest emitter is to meet the goals of the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord.

Actor Javier Bardem joined dozens of young people in San Sebastian in one of several demonstrations and rallies held across Spain on Friday morning ahead of evening demonstrations in the major cities where big crowds are expected, especially in Madrid and Barcelona. Bardem was promoting a documentary he worked on with Greenpeace.

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